Chris Rock’s ‘Selective Outrage’ reached the top 10 on Netflix

The live comedy special ranks #7 on Netflix’s Weekly US TV Top 10.

Netflix entered the realm of live television over the weekend with “Selective Outrage,” a Chris Rock comedy special that streamed live on the service Saturday night. And after much hype – as well as controversy over some of Rock’s material – the special seems to have found the audience the streamer was hoping for.

On Netflix’s latest weekly list of the top 10 most-watched shows in the United States, “Selective Outrage” ranks #7; Netflix has not provided specific data on the special’s ratings. While No. 7 might sound like a bit of a letdown for a highly hyped event, the chart-topping chart follows the ratings for the week of February 27 to March 5. it managed to crack the list with just over a day’s worth of viewing. Additionally, Netflix measures viewership for their lists via hours watched, which is a big preference for longer shows; as a comedy special, the total runtime of “Selective Outrage’s” is just over an hour.

Netflix has not released specific ratings for ‘Selective Outrage’ in advance. The streamer also didn’t say whether the before and after shows exclusive to the live “Selective Outrage” debut were counted toward total viewers.

“Selective Outrage” was announced by Netflix last November as the streamer’s first-ever live broadcast. Rock played his set at the Hippodrome Theater in Baltimore, Maryland, with the show looking like every Netflix title available to watch on the streamer’s interface. The pre-show and after-show were hosted at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, with Ronny Chieng hosting the pre-show and David Spade and Dana Carvey hosting the after-show; Amy Schumer, Cedric the Entertainer, George Lopez, Ice-T, Jerry Seinfeld, Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Matthew McConaughey, Paul McCartney, Sarah Silverman, Tracy Morgan, Wanda Sykes and Woody Harrelson, JB Smoove and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appeared as special guests.

Despite attracting large audiences, “Selective Outrage” received a mixed response upon its premiere; IndieWire TV critic Ben Travers gave it a “C-” rating, writing that the special was “in no way built to last. Half the jokes were obsolete before he finished saying them” and that its material “felt like top-level observations, uninterested in deeper exploration or even overall coherence.” The special also provoked reactions to some of Rock’s jokes at Smith about the much-publicized Oscars punch, including the claim that he was the slavery drama had seen the star’s “Emancipation” “just to see him scream.”

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